Nine Crimes Lyrics - Damien Rice

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Leave me out with the waste
This is not what I'd do
It's the wrong kind of place
To be thinking of you
It's the wrong time
For somebody new
It's a small crime
And I've got no excuse

Is that alright?
Give my gun away when it's loaded
Is that alright?
If you don't shoot it how am I supposed to hold it
Is that alright?
Give my gun away when it's loaded
Is that alright, yeah, with you?

Leave me out with the waste
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This is not what I'd do
It's the wrong kind of place
To be cheating on you
It's the wrong time
she's pulling me through
It's a small crime
And I've got no excuse

Is that alright?
Give my gun away when it's loaded
Is that alright?
If you don't shoot it how am I supposed to hold it
Is that alright?
Give my gun away when it's loaded
Is that alright
Is that alright with you? (x2)

Is that alright?
Is that alright?
Is that alright with you?
Is that alright?
Is that alright?
Is that alright with you?

No...






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another perspective | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/11/14

in reading through the interpretations i was shocked to find mine was one of a kind not shared with others.

i feel like the song is obvious in its writing about the act of cheating on your partner.

the line:
Give my gun away when it's loaded
If you don't shoot it how am I supposed to hold it

is talking about the potential harm and pain he could cause to his partner as represented metaphorically through a gun. however in telling her of what he is doing he is giving away this gun so that the pain and hurt may be fired at him for he no hee deserved it and unless he receives some kind of punishment ( in the sence of her shooting it) how then can he live with it. he is repeatedly asking is that alright with you as he apologies for what he has done. however the end comment of course is no.

Love it... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/13/10

Here's the scoop. His lover has rejected him, but he still wants her. He's seeking to fill the void left by her by. He is not sure whether or not there is hope for the relationship, or if him moving on is what she wants.

"Leave me out with the waste" (she has rejected him)
"Wrong time/place for somebody new" (he's with another woman, but not sure his relationship is over)
"Is that alright?" (does she want him to move on, or does she just need time to heal)
"No..." (his moving on was the wrong choice, and it shattered her)

Firefly | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/28/10

I accidently stumbled upon this song on YouTube one day.
I think the meaning of the song does not use 'gun' symbolizing a heart.
Through the verses they are both saying how they don't usually think of cheating on their lover. 'leave me out with the waste this is not what I do'
'it's the wrong kind of place to be thinking of yu it's the wrong time for somebody new' meaning it's the wrong time for considering any other lover because they're already in a relationship.
'it's a small crime and I got no excuse' meaning cheating shouldn't even be an option since they love the person they're with.
During the chorus the person the song is directed to changes. She is talking to her concience.
'is that alright with you' meaning is it ok to cheat?
'give my GUN away when it's loaded' again the gun has no relation to their heart whatsoever!! The gun is actually supposed to be related to the temptation to cheat.
'if you don't SHOOT it how an I supposed to hold it?' obviously as I said before she's talking to her own conscience. If her conscience doesn't 'shoot' down temptation how is she going to avoid cheating.
I don't inunderstand why people think it has anything to do with a heart lol



Bella | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/17/10

For days I already try to figure out what htis song means, with the video clip it gets easier but I still trying to figure out the end.
I don't think it's the woman who cheated.
I think she has been cheated on, by Damien in this case, she has been left with the 'waste' and even though she shouldn't think of him she still does. Damien comes to look for her singing: 'it
s the wrong kind of place to be cheating on you' makes it obvious he is the one cheating. The woman only has a head what indeed I think points to the fact she is broken. At one point her tries to grab her but she flies away, I think that's refering to how he wants her back and how she finally carefully gives it a shot. The end I'mstill not sure about cause finally she ends up litterly shattered, so I suppose that's about the fact she is just so fragile the smallest thing even can break them apart.
I think the emotions are so beautifully preformed in the video clip and that's also why I'm sincerly convinced the woman has been cheated on isntead she was the one cheated cause she ahs this tragic look in her eyes.

my review | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/8/10

When I first heard this song, I just thought that it was a pretty melody. But then I looked at the music video which revealed more to me. The girl in the video only has a head.. the rest of her body is gone. So that probably means that she's broken. Maybe she was in a relationship with another man and she realized that she should actually be with the man she loves.. in this case, the man is Damien Rice, or the man in the music video.

I really love this song!! It's is such a cute little song and it's quite relaxing to me. But at the same time it is pretty sad.

pure brilliance | Reviewer: dh<3 | 1/26/10

i think this song is about regret and i interpreted as the literal meaning with the gun and bullets. He's pleading with her if its ok if he doesnt shoot himself, and he moves on and forgives himself. I think its begging for forgiveness and allowing one to free themselves from the guilt that comes from cheating.

beautiful melody | Reviewer: justme | 1/7/10

I think it is about emotional cheating. They both love each other but they can't be together because they are both in a relationship.the gun represent a person's heart and the load is love. How can someone shoot it when it doesn't belong to him or he can't have her or vice versa. I think it is pretty sad because they are so in love yet they can't be with each other and that is the 'small crime'. They don't have the guts to end their relationships and be with each other .Love came a bit too late for them because they are with somebody else.

GREAT song :) | Reviewer: ellie<3 | 12/19/09

i think it is about a girl that gets cheated on and when the GIRL says "Give my gun away when its loaded...if you dont shoot it how am i supposed to hold it" she means she loves him and the bullets in the gun are his like and the gun is her heart. and to shoot is iis to how she she supposed to move up when he hasnt tooken his love(bullets) away and to hold it like how can she hold it with the reminded love. anddd yeah :)

Silent Tears | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/3/09

When I first heard this song listening to my mom's iPod in the car on my way home from school I was captivated.I couldn't make out the words then,and begged my mom to put it on my MP3 player.When that proved impossible to do I saved up my money for an iPod.As soon as the songs were loaded on it I listened to 9 Crimes non-stop.Most days,when I'm alone at my house I'll listen to it and dance around,singing softly and sometimes crying silently at the beauty.Damien Rice is pure genius.

Review | Reviewer: Carrie | 10/3/09

I have listened many times to this song. I have tried for years to figure out the meaning. Obviously the 'crime' is cheating. The big part is the loaded gun. The meaning is when you decept someone you give them a blast to the heart. You blow their heart. The gun is the power of the person who holds the cards. When they say 'give my loaded gun away' it is in analogy to someone who doesn't think of someone and just gives their decisions to the other to deal with. 'your supposed to hold it' means it is their problem. The other part is the realization is that have to deal with the others decisions, mistakes and downfall. They are both feeling the brunt and regret. I still have no idea and this is why I love this song. When I had a bad deal with a cheating boyfriend I empalized with the girl thinking that this guy hurt me and he put a loaded gun in my hand for me to hold. (analogy) what am I supposed to do??? What???

Amazing... | Reviewer: Speechless | 5/9/09

Both of their voices pull me into an emotional trance where I swear I can feel a hidden pain inside of both them. They portray emotions through this song with the little lyrics. When it comes to Damien Rice...No song has yet disappointed me. His ability to capture my soul is intriguing. He has inspired a change in me. As a dancer,I'm always looking for ways to move people and express myself in different ways. There are so many different ways to interpret this song,but yet each way is bound by a hidden meaning in this song that I have yet figure out. I think there is more to this song. It touches my soul,and I yearn for more. No one can write songs like Damien. He truly can capture all audiences. And as I conclude this review,I can say with passion and unalloyed honesty that this song is really what music is meant to be; mysterious,hard to decipher,holds a different meaning to each person,and can be related to.

Similarities? | Reviewer: Companions Quartet Fan | 4/25/09

Does anyone else see the similarities between this song and the book "Double Cross", last book in the Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman? I think this song just describes Tobey so perfectly!

Bill | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/16/09

This song,I feel is about a man who cheats on the women he loves then admits it to her. So he's giving 'his gun (evidence/truth) to the women he loves to either 'kill'/destroy the relationship or move on...anyone?

Tragic Beauty | Reviewer: Ellen | 10/30/08

This song is perfect for when you feel alone and unwanted. Both his and Lisa Hannigan's voice is beautiful. I sang this as a duet and it moved the whole audience. It is rare to find such a powerful artist as Damien Rice, his album is equally poigininat, especially those who crave for someone to feel the same as them.

Suicidal Dancing | Reviewer: Damien Rice | 10/1/08

I think this song is about suicide. It's fun to dance to in my room. While crying. About my emotional problems. My psychiatrist recommended it to me and it's truly cured me. Thank you Damien Rice. You saved my life. May he save yours too.


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